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Old 12-19-2011, 08:22 AM
 
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People have some pretty whack ideas of the Midwest. Like the other thread where the person stated
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Maybe sushi is big in California or in New York, but in the Midwest it barely registers for most people.
Huh? There are sushi places all over the Midwest. Iowa City has 70,000 people and it has 7 sushi restaurants. I've been to three of them, they're owned and run by japaneses immigrants and actually pretty damn good. Des Moines has around 10, Cedar Rapids 5, etc.

I wouldn't even know how to guess how many there are in metro Chicago.

If you live in Miami or the coasts it doesn't exactly mean your sushi is crazy fresh compared to the Midwest or elsewhere in the USA. Most of that fish comes from the same places and is shipped everywhere in roughly the same amount of time. It's all about having people who know what they're doing with the food and set up a good business.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:15 AM
 
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Kansas does conjures the real America image, at least that is the idea I got when visiting it two summers ago as part of a cross country trip. It IS the proverbial heartland, with small towns set amid cornfields and prairies, with water towers and church steeples, and the amber waves of grain. Southern Illinois and Missouri also have this image. Missouri and Oklahoma are also very all-American, heartland, wholesome states.

"Insular" isn't necessarily a bad thing and it can keep negative influences out, such as drugs, gangs, and crime. And it is my personal experience and observations that people who are more religious tend to be more wholesome than those who are less, and areas with large church attendance (or even synogogue attendance) tend to be more wholesome than areas where people are less involved in religious activites whichever religion that may be.
That's what I was thinking. But I wonder why more people haven't mentioned ol' Dixie. Sweet tea, church on Sunday's, and mama's home-cooked supper seem to be the sweetest piece of American pie.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:41 PM
 
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I would look for a place that ranked high for HS graduation, PTA participation, health.

Low for divorce, VD, alchohol consumption, sex crimes, juvenile delinquents.

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Which places are actually like that?
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Oklahoma
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:35 PM
 
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Anywhere in Oklahoma in particular?
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Carrboro and Concord, NC
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That's what I was thinking. But I wonder why more people haven't mentioned ol' Dixie. Sweet tea, church on Sunday's, and mama's home-cooked supper seem to be the sweetest piece of American pie.
And high divorce rates, higher rates of out-of-wedlock birth, higher rates of infant mortality, lower rates of educational attainment (including but not limited to high school graduation), and the same old drugs-and-alcohol mix you find everywhere else if you're looking.
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